K.C. Crosbie’s career as a Lexington City Council Member has given her a name as an advocate for local taxpayers and allowed her an opportunity to represent Lexington and Kentucky on the national level.
A career in government began in an unusual way for Crosbie. The 1992 Department of Communication graduate experienced a break-in into her home, which was the driving force that launched her career in government. The police who responded to the incident “put their life on the line,” a gesture Crosbie said made her more “plugged-in” to local government. After working in pharmaceutical sales with the same Fortune 50 Company for 18 years, she became involved in politics and took the opportunity to go into public service full time.
“I became an advocate for our police and fire departments. That’s what got me interested at the local level. When I started working, the seat in the district I lived in was open. When I started looking at the people who served on council, I realized a lot of them weren’t like me. They didn’t look like me. They didn’t sound like me. They didn’t have young children. They all had very different life circumstances. I thought this might be a position where I can really make a difference and bring new energy to the council,” Crosbie said.
After her 2011 campaign for Kentucky State Treasurer ended in a tight loss, Crosbie is now serving as the Finance Chairman for the Kentucky State Republican Party. At the conclusion of her third term as Lexington’s District 7 councilmember this December, Crosbie will represent Kentucky on a national level as the National Committee Woman for the Republican National Committee.
“There is one female and one male from each state who serve on the RNC. That’s a position I just took over after the Republican National Convention. I plan programs for Republican women who want to get involved in politics, and I am very heavily involved in fundraising for the state,” Crosbie said.
Crosbie’s Lexington upbringing has influenced her career in sales and government and lends a personal insight into local issues Lexington has seen throughout her three terms. Her connection to the University of Kentucky has remained strong since graduation.
“Living in Lexington and attending UK has given me a lot of insight in dealing with student issues. Not only was I very involved as a student at the University of Kentucky, I bleed blue through and through,” Crosbie said. “I was president of the Student Activities Board my senior year, so I had the opportunity to do programing that involved working with business leaders in the community. I was also an advisor for my sorority after I graduated from college, so I kept in touch with the students.”
Crosbie recognizes her experiences at UK as the foundation of her career successes.
“My education at UK, and specifically my degree in communication, taught me how to deal with people. All of the communication classes you have to take, whether it is interpersonal communication or public speaking, really prepare you for whatever career you choose,” Crosbie said.
Her communication background and leadership roles on campus have served her well in both sales and politics.
“I liked interpersonal communication and public speaking. At the time I took it I was so fearful of standing up in front of people, but it has helped me time and time again in my professional life,” Crosbie said.
Her term as president of the Student Activities Board was a leadership role Crosbie credits as one of her most defining experiences. Working closely with the president of the university and a board of diverse students, she planned events representative of the entire student body and developed effective skills useful in the political domain.
“The skills I learned in planning those events and dealing with people have paid off in my professional career,” Crosbie said.
For Crosbie, the University of Kentucky represents her first sense of freedom and responsibility. She urges students to “get involved in different things and meet different people. Take advantage of the time there, meet as many people as you can and have lots of fun.”
“Those were some of the best years of my life,” Crosbie said.